The Rights and Wrongs of Biological Science: Genetic Engineering

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Ever since the discovery of DNA, science developed and has made it possible to alter genes. Now in the 21st century, scientists are capable of cloning, and combining genes of different species. Now the world has to debate over whether or not we should even use these capabilities. The use of altering genes has been exposed to the public unknowingly through genetically modified foods (GMOs). If GMOs are able to be in the public there is the possibility of this technology to be released in the public elsewhere. An example of a possibility would be in fertility facilities. These facilities have the ability to give their patients the option to choose the gender of their child and certain aspects such as hair and eye color.

Some feel as though genetic engineering is very beneficial. Engineering genes has the possibility of curing diseases. Some scientists are also beginning to believe that having the ability to choose our children’s genes can improve us as a human race. However some oppose that idea, claiming that the government may have more control over the public’s privacy by having our genes on record. Additionally, many coming from a religious standpoint see gene altering as immoral or unnatural. All of these points of views can be read from this post. Hopefully it will give you enough information to look into and decide where you are on this important debate. Science has come a long way and has benefited us tremendously, but when do we know if it’s right or wrong?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber Williams says:

    The exciting part about pregnancy is the mystery behind what your baby is gonna look like though it would be nice to pick how you want your baby to look. Still wondering if I would personally want to design my baby.

    1. amandalevin says:

      I could not agree more with your comment about the excitement of not knowing…

  2. Brandon Borja says:

    It’s so fascinating that through technology we have been able to tinker with the basics of life (such as deciding desirable genetic traits). But in my personal opinion I think that any genetic altercations (whether it be of food, offspring, or whatever else) should be offered, however they should also be labeled of risks they may pose to the user. Thus people who prefer GMO products can have that alternative, and others who prefer natural foods can have natural foods.

  3. Gabi P says:

    When someone attempts to genetically modify a unborn child and it doesn’t work the way they thought it would, are they liable? Are there many lawsuits around this issue?

    1. amandalevin says:

      Fantastic question. I was totally wondering about liability here as well.

  4. Anneke Lau says:

    Do you think that this is our future? All genetically modified food and people? Have their been reports of people getting sick from gmo foods?

  5. Bea Lipton says:

    I don’t think GMO’s are nececarily a bad thing. I just think that it should be taken very seriously and not just something that everyone can use to design a child.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I think GMOs are really useful because in my biotech class I cloned an apple tree and what if we ran out of seeds to grow fruit or vegatables? We can clone them just by a little piece of they’re leaves.

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